taint


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taint 1

 (tānt)
tr.v. taint·ed, taint·ing, taints
1. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible: a reputation that was tainted by allegations of illegal activity.
2.
a. To expose to an infectious agent, toxin, or undesirable substance: drinking water that is tainted with parasites; toothpaste that is tainted with toxic metals.
b. To subject to decay or putrefaction: would not eat the meat for fear that it was tainted. See Synonyms at contaminate.
n.
1. An undesirable or corrupting influence or association: wanted to avoid the taint of an accounting scandal. See Synonyms at stain.
2. An undesirable quality; a defect or shortcoming: "I confess to a taint of exhibitionism" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

[Partly from obsolete taynt, to color, dye (from Anglo-Norman teint, from past participle of teindre, from Latin tingere), and partly from Middle English tainten, to convict (short for atteinten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to attain, touch upon; see attain).]

taint′less adj.
taint′less·ly adv.

taint 2

 (tānt)
n. Vulgar Slang
The perineum.

[From such phrases as 'tain't asshole and 'tain't pussy and 'tain't asshole and 'tain't balls.]

taint

(teɪnt)
vb
1. to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water.
2. to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
n
3. a defect or flaw: a taint on someone's reputation.
4. a trace of contamination or infection
[C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye]
ˈtaintless adj

taint

(teɪnt)

n.
1. a trace of something bad or offensive.
2. a trace of infection or contamination.
v.t.
3. to modify by a trace of something bad or offensive.
4. to infect or contaminate.
5. to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).
v.i.
6. to become tainted; spoil.
[1325–75; conflation of Middle English taynt (aph. variant of attaint, past participle of attaint) with late Middle English taynt hue, tint (< Anglo-French teint < Latin tinctus)]

taint


Past participle: tainted
Gerund: tainting

Imperative
taint
taint
Present
I taint
you taint
he/she/it taints
we taint
you taint
they taint
Preterite
I tainted
you tainted
he/she/it tainted
we tainted
you tainted
they tainted
Present Continuous
I am tainting
you are tainting
he/she/it is tainting
we are tainting
you are tainting
they are tainting
Present Perfect
I have tainted
you have tainted
he/she/it has tainted
we have tainted
you have tainted
they have tainted
Past Continuous
I was tainting
you were tainting
he/she/it was tainting
we were tainting
you were tainting
they were tainting
Past Perfect
I had tainted
you had tainted
he/she/it had tainted
we had tainted
you had tainted
they had tainted
Future
I will taint
you will taint
he/she/it will taint
we will taint
you will taint
they will taint
Future Perfect
I will have tainted
you will have tainted
he/she/it will have tainted
we will have tainted
you will have tainted
they will have tainted
Future Continuous
I will be tainting
you will be tainting
he/she/it will be tainting
we will be tainting
you will be tainting
they will be tainting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tainting
you have been tainting
he/she/it has been tainting
we have been tainting
you have been tainting
they have been tainting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tainting
you will have been tainting
he/she/it will have been tainting
we will have been tainting
you will have been tainting
they will have been tainting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tainting
you had been tainting
he/she/it had been tainting
we had been tainting
you had been tainting
they had been tainting
Conditional
I would taint
you would taint
he/she/it would taint
we would taint
you would taint
they would taint
Past Conditional
I would have tainted
you would have tainted
he/she/it would have tainted
we would have tainted
you would have tainted
they would have tainted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taint - the state of being contaminatedtaint - the state of being contaminated  
impureness, impurity - the condition of being impure
dust contamination - state of being contaminated with dust
Verb1.taint - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
mar, deflower, impair, vitiate, spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
2.taint - contaminate with a disease or microorganism
superinfect - infect (an infected cell) further or infect a cell already containing similar organisms
smut - affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
contaminate, pollute, foul - make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

taint

verb
1. disgrace, shame, dishonour, brand, ruin, blacken, stigmatize They said that the elections had been tainted by corruption.
noun
1. disgrace, shame, stigma, dishonour Her government never really shook off the taint of corruption.

taint

verb
1. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound:
2. To make morally impure:
3. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
noun
A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Archaic: attaint.
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
Translations
شائِبَه، لَطْخَه، عَيْبيُفْسِديُلَطِّخ، يُلَوِّث، يُفْسِد
nákazanakazit sezkazit
fordærveinficereødelæggeplet
pilatasaastuttaaturmellaväliliha
blettur; veila; skemmdspillaspilla , menga
pagadinti
iezīmeizpausmepazīmesabojātsabojāt reputāciju
bozmakbozulmakokuşmakokutmakleke

taint

[teɪnt]
A. N (liter) → mancha f, mácula f (liter)
the taint of sinla mancha del pecado
B. VT
1. (= spoil) [+ food, medicine] → contaminar
2. (fig) [+ reputation] → mancillar
the elections have been tainted by corruptionlas elecciones se han visto empañadas or salpicadas por la corrupción

taint

[ˈteɪnt] vt
[+ meat, food] → gâter; [+ flavour] → dénaturer
[+ reputation] → entacher
to be tainted by sth → être entaché(e) de qch
Opposition leaders said that the elections had been tainted by corruption → Les leaders de l'opposition ont déclaré que les élections avaient été entachées de corruption.

taint

n
(lit, of food etc) → Stich m; meat free from tainteinwandfreies Fleisch
(fig: = blemish) → Makel m; (= trace)Spur f; a taint of madnesseine Anlage zum Irrsinn; the hereditary taintdie krankhafte Erbanlage; the taint of sinder Makel der Sünde; a nasty taint of fascismein übler faschistischer Beigeschmack
vt
foodverderben
air, atmosphereverderben, verpesten
(fig) reputationbeflecken, beschmutzen

taint

[teɪnt]
1. n (fig) → macchia
the taint of madness → il marchio della pazzia
2. vt (meat, food) → far avariare (fig) (reputation) → infangare

taint

(teint) verb
1. to spoil (something) by touching it or bringing it into contact with something bad or rotten. The meat has been tainted.
2. to affect (someone or something) with something evil or immoral; to corrupt. He has been tainted by his contact with criminals.
noun
a mark or trace of something bad, rotten or evil. the taint of decay.
ˈtainted adjective
spoiled or corrupted. tainted food; The nation is tainted with evil and corruption.

taint

n. [stain] mancha, mácula;
v. manchar, podrirse o causar putrefacción; corromperse.
References in classic literature ?
I don't wish to offend you--I will say, a certain Taint.
Likewise glorious followers, who make themselves as trumpets of the commendation of those they follow, are full of inconvenience; for they taint business through want of secrecy; and they export honor from a man, and make him a return in envy.
A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.
The holy angels could not have loved Nicolete with a purer love, a love freer from taint of any earthly thought, than I, a man of thirty, blase, and fed from my youth upon the honeycomb of woman.
He was driven to envy such a respectable bereavement, and one so perfectly free from any taint of misfortune that even his best friend or his best enemy would not have felt the slightest thrill of exultation.
And he thought that even the bare suspicion of such an adversary within his house carried with it a taint and a condemnation.
Once subjected to the chromatic taint, every parental and every childish Circle would demoralize each other.
This is now a tainted place, and I well know the taint of it clings to me.
Customers receiving a cork taint claim will be required to return the bottle and cork to the Cork Supply laboratory for inspection.
I've used the word 'saga' and it is something that will taint Caster's name for the rest of her career," said Meadows.
Screwcap devotees cite losses suffered through cork taint as the primary reason for the switch.
A lot of money is tainted--it taint yours and it taint mine.